Lehigh Gap Nature Center

connecting people with nature through Conservation, Education, and Research

Upcoming events at LGNC:

Feb
24
Mon
Spring Yoga Session at LGNC
Feb 24 @ 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm
Spring Yoga Session at LGNC

Spring Yoga Session!

Certified Yoga Instructor Stacy Hein will be offering a 9-week “yoga for all” session Mondays, February 10 through April 6 from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. This is a moderately challenging but gentle yoga class. Beginners are welcome, poses can be adapted to fit your level of ability. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to settle in before class begins.

Registration for the entire session is encouraged. Space is limited. Cost $8/class for members ($72), $10 for non-members ($90) and $12 for drop-in (if available). Payment due at class – credit card, check, cash accepted. Register Here!

Namaste!

Feb
25
Tue
Winter Fit Walks
Feb 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Winter Fit Walks

Do you have a New Year’s resolution to stay fit in 2020? Get off to a good start with weekly Fit Walks at LGNC! Walks will start at the Osprey House Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. January through March. All ages and abilities welcome!!

Registration not required. Please contact LGNC at mail@lgnc.org with any questions!

Feb
26
Wed
Watercolor for Beginners
Feb 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Watercolor for Beginners

Watercolor for Beginners with Kay Stauffer

Wednesdays, January 8-February 26, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to Noon

The natural beauty around us at the Nature Center is good inspiration for instructor demonstrations and student practice pieces. These eight classes will introduce transparent watercolor and technical handling of materials from washes and textural effects to shading, dry brush and any questions you have.

Class Registration:

This series of eight classes will meet at the Nature Center each Wednesday from January 8 through February 26. Registration fee for all eight classes: $64 for members, $80 for non-members. Registration limited to 12 participants. Please mail payment in the form of a check to P.O. Box 198, Slatington, PA 18080 ahead of the first class.

LGNC members: register here                    Non-members: register here

After registering, you will be sent a materials list. You can purchase the recommended materials at local stores such as AC Moore, Michael’s, or the Blick Store (Emmaus). Paper can be purchased at the workshop, $6.00 per sheet, 22”x30.” We will be painting in the first class, so you will need your supplies.

Please contact LGNC at mail@lgnc.org or 610-760-8889 if you have any questions.

Feb
27
Thu
Winter Fit Walks
Feb 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Winter Fit Walks

Do you have a New Year’s resolution to stay fit in 2020? Get off to a good start with weekly Fit Walks at LGNC! Walks will start at the Osprey House Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. January through March. All ages and abilities welcome!!

Registration not required. Please contact LGNC at mail@lgnc.org with any questions!

Feb
28
Fri
Native Plant Horticulture with Liz Stauffer
Feb 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Native Plant Horticulture with Liz Stauffer

Native Plant Horticulture with Liz Stauffer

Every Friday in February, 2020 

Interested in gardening for wildlife? Get inspired and informed with practical tips on the best horticultural and ecologically-minded practices — whether you have existing gardens or are looking to create new ones. All registrants will receive a copy of LGNC’s new gardening book, Native Plants for the Small Yard! Schedule:

  • Part 1: Gardening with Native Plants for Year-Round Interest — Friday, February 7, 10:00 a.m. to Noon
  • Part 2: Plant Propagation — Friday, February 14, 10:00 a.m. to Noon
  • Part 3: Garden Management Practices: Weeds! — Friday, February 21, 10:00 a.m. to Noon
  • Part 4: Edible Native Plants in the Landscape — Friday, February 28, 10:00 a.m. to Noon

Topics will include: plant selection/combinations, basic garden design, basic plant propagation, weed identification and management, and how to make your garden a food haven — for you and for wildlife!

Class Registration: This series of four seminars will meet at the Nature Center on each Friday in February. Registration fee covers all seminars and a book: $25 for members, $50 for non-members. Please register online at the following links:

LGNC members: register here                    Non-members: register here

About Liz: Liz is a graduate of Longwood Gardens’ Professional Gardener Training Program and Drexel University, where she earned a B.S. in Environmental Science. She has been working in the agricultural/horticultural field since 2005 and is Landscape Services Supervisor at Edge of the Woods Native Plant Nursery in Orefield, PA. She loves spending time with her daughter, plants, books, and chickens.

Please contact LGNC at mail@lgnc.org or 610-760-8889 if you have any questions.

Mar
2
Mon
Naturalist Club Meeting @ Lehigh Gap Nature Center
Mar 2 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Naturalist Club Meeting @ Lehigh Gap Nature Center | Slatington | Pennsylvania | United States

Youth in grades 7 through 12 are invited to join the Naturalist Club, LGNC’s extracurricular environmental club for middle and high school students! Members of this club are involved with year-round educational activities, outdoor adventures, and research projects at the refuge. For more information or to sign up, please contact LGNC Program Specialist Chad Schwartz at chad.schwartz@lgnc.org.

Spring Yoga Session at LGNC
Mar 2 @ 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm
Spring Yoga Session at LGNC

Spring Yoga Session!

Certified Yoga Instructor Stacy Hein will be offering a 9-week “yoga for all” session Mondays, February 10 through April 6 from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. This is a moderately challenging but gentle yoga class. Beginners are welcome, poses can be adapted to fit your level of ability. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to settle in before class begins.

Registration for the entire session is encouraged. Space is limited. Cost $8/class for members ($72), $10 for non-members ($90) and $12 for drop-in (if available). Payment due at class – credit card, check, cash accepted. Register Here!

Namaste!

Mar
3
Tue
Ornithology/Birding 101
Mar 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Ornithology/Birding 101


Every other Tuesday, February 4-June 9, 2020

The Lehigh Gap Nature Center Academy continues with a new class in 2020 — Ornithology/Birding 101. We will explore ornithology in the classroom, learning interesting aspects of bird anatomy, physiology, and behavior. We will also learn about the various groups of birds and individuals that occur in our region. In addition to lectures, there will be a field component to the class in which we will get outside at LGNC and other local birding spots, plus go further afield with field trips to birding hotspots within a day’s drive.


Tentative Schedule*:

February 4, 18 (10:00 a.m.-noon): Classroom

March 3: Classroom or field trip to Middle Creek

March 17, 31 (10:00 a.m.-noon): Classroom

April 14 (10:00 a.m.-noon): Classroom

April 28 (9:00 a.m. -noon): Field trip at or near LGNC

May 12: All day field trip TBA (additional charge for transportation)

May 26 (8:00-11:00 a.m.): Field trip at or near LGNC

June 9 (8:00-11:00 a.m.): Field trip at or near LGNC

*The above schedule is likely to change because of weather or other factors, so take this as an approximate schedule and be prepared to be flexible.

Class Registration:

This series of ten classes will meet every other Tuesday from February 4 through June 9. Registration fee for all classes: $25 for members, $75 for non-members. Registration is limited to 20 participants because of field trips (first come, first served), and we will put additional names on a waiting list. Please mail payment in the form of a check to P.O. Box 198, Slatington, PA 18080 ahead of the first class.

LGNC members: register here                    Non-members: register here

You will need binoculars and a field guide for the class. You can supply your own or borrow them from the Nature Center.

Please contact LGNC at mail@lgnc.org or 610-760-8889 if you have any questions.

Mar
5
Thu
Winter Fit Walks
Mar 5 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Winter Fit Walks

Do you have a New Year’s resolution to stay fit in 2020? Get off to a good start with weekly Fit Walks at LGNC! Walks will start at the Osprey House Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. January through March. All ages and abilities welcome!!

Registration not required. Please contact LGNC at mail@lgnc.org with any questions!

Junior Naturalist Club Meeting @ Lehigh Gap Nature Center
Mar 5 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Junior Naturalist Club Meeting @ Lehigh Gap Nature Center | Slatington | Pennsylvania | United States

Kids in grades 2 through 6 are invited to join the Junior Naturalist Club, LGNC’s extracurricular environmental club for elementary school students! The goal of this club is to foster a lifelong appreciation for nature and science through hands-on field and lab experiences and other year-round activities. Graduates of the Junior Naturalist Club are encouraged to join LGNC’s Naturalist Club for older youth. For more information or to sign up, please contact LGNC Program Specialist Chad Schwartz at chad.schwartz@lgnc.org.


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News and Current Events:

Winter Hours!

LGNC’s Winter hours have begun for the season! The Osprey House hours of operation are now 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Friday through Monday, but our hiking trails are still open every day from sunrise to sunset! Since our Information Desk is volunteer staffed, the Osprey House may not always be open during this schedule. Please call ahead at 610-760-8889 if you’re planning to stop in.

LGNC Trail Closures

The LNE and D&L trails will be closed February 17-21 and periodically between the months of May and August while PPL works to replace the transmission towers running through the Lehigh Gap.

The section affected by this work is highlighted in red on the attached map. The D&L and LNE trails will be closed between the LGNC pavilion (arrow 1 on the map) and the Bobolink trail (arrow 2 on the map). PPL will be replacing the transmission lines and towers within that span of both trails. Please take note to stay off this portion of both trails when they are closed for your own safety.

As this work progresses, we will be posting updates on Facebook and lgnc.org. We will also be sending periodic email updates.

Thank you for your patience through this process.

LGNC Restoration Mini Documentary

Dan Kunkle's Retirement and LGNC Transition!

Thanks to Times News Lehighton for their recent article on Dan Kunkle’s tenure as Executive Director of LGNC! While Dan will be retiring at the end of this month, he will be joining the LGNC Board as Director Emeritus. Current staff members Chad Schwartz and Brian Birchak will serve as Co-directors of the Nature Center beginning on January 1, 2020.

Click Here for the article!!!

Remembering Michal Kubik

We at LGNC have the sad duty to inform you of the passing of Michal Kubik. Michal served as vice president and president of LGNC’s Board of Directors during the refuge land acquisition along the Kittatinny Ridge. His tenure also oversaw the building of the Osprey House and the development of LGNC into the community, education, and research center that it is today.

He was at the helm as LGNC went from idea to reality.

Cabin Fever Book Club 2019-2020

Cabin Fever Book Club –  Book List for 2019-2020 has been posted!!!
Click Here for more information

Remembering Bill Mineo
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Bill Mineo, one of LGNC’s founding members. We mourn the loss of this key figure in Lehigh Gap Nature Center’s creation and success. Click here for the Autumn 2017 Wildlife Activist  (#81) to read a recent Board member spotlight article on Bill. Also, click here to view Bill’s obituary. Our condolences to the family.
LGNC + Sun Club = Awesome!!!
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Community Partnership: Moravian College and LGNC
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